* Posts by Jason Hindle

565 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

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Ubuntu Linux now on Windows Store (for Insiders)

Jason Hindle

So is this virtualised Ubuntu?

Or is it booting up from its own partition?

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Photobucket says photo-f**k-it, starts off-site image shakedown

Jason Hindle

They got greedy

I pay a relatively small annual fee for my Flickr and SmugMug sites, with no such limitation. Compared to SmugMug in particular, the Photobucket galleries aren't terribly attractive. I'm sure many long time users would pay a reasonable amount to make this problem go away, but $400 is absurd.

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After reusing a rocket, SpaceX tries reusing Dragon capsule for ISS resupply

Jason Hindle

Re: I can see where this is going

You left out the furry dice.

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US laptops-on-planes ban may extend to flights from ALL nations

Jason Hindle

I can see this creating a new market

Airport laptop rental at the point of arrival. Choice of either Chromebook or something that comes with VirtualBox and the VMware player. Those (I assume many) of us who have a US employer will have a laptop waiting, either at the hotel, if visiting a client, or at the office if visiting the mothership. Getting the customer to store spare devices is also an option.

I don't see the point of ban. I don't see how it will make us more secure. A bomb is a bomb, and a relatively small bomb will take down a plane regardless of placement. However, I do think we'll all adapt and get on with it. No matter how onerous these regulations become, I predict a majority of us (perhaps fifty two percent) will continue to vote for morons.

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It's just 'Pro' now, guys: Microsoft gives Surface a subtle resurfacing

Jason Hindle

Ahh, the elusive SIM card slot

Always so much jam tomorrow.

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Scheming copyright scam lawyer John Steele disbarred in Illinois

Jason Hindle

I guess he'd better call Saul....

Enough said.

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Blighty's buying another 17 F-35s, confirms the American government

Jason Hindle

Re: Tough choices

Welcome to Brazil. First world taxes, third world public healthcare, and enough heavily armed police by the time the populace realise they've been had.

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Jason Hindle

Re: Appeal to armchair strategists

I don't see what strategic interests Britain has in the South China Sea. All our problems are closer to home.

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Jason Hindle

Re: I'm in the mood for being a downvote magnet

Disappointed by the lack of downvotes, I'll address a random selection of responses.

“And isn't wet, and hasn't overheated.”

So no different to any other stealth aircraft? My limited understanding of stealth operations is that there's a lot more to them than simply fielding something with reduced visibility. At the moment, I'm suspecting Britain's aircraft will more likely be hobbled more by lack of access to munitions and sensor packages.

“Yes it is. But when did that ever actually work? (Other than finding out by need or accident that 'hey, look, it was only designed to do this, but it can also do that'?)”

By accident? F15. By design? F18. Two of the most successful combat aircraft ever…. British defence thinking tends to be hobbled by the MoD’s (and top brass’s) love of one trick ponies.

“These were never intended as air superiority fighters(*). That's the F22's job along with enemy ground defence supression. The "cheaper" F35 was supposed to be doing ground support work.”

So you reckon it's just a big Harrier replacement, with questionable stealth, and designed for exactly the same missions?

“The ordnance loadout is pathetic, the range is crap and the turnaround times are realistically going to be days once they begin to see real-world use.”

I'm disappointed they didn't get the A, for the RAF, but the B looks reasonable. I understand it can carry a couple of AMRAMs plus a couple of small bombs, internally.

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Jason Hindle

I'm in the mood for being a downvote magnet

I reckon the F35B will be pretty spectacular, once it's RFS. Perhaps more effective than the Eurofighter.

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Behold, auto-completing Android bug reports – because you're not very thorough

Jason Hindle

Anyone criticising my auto correct errors

Can go to he'll.

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UK hospital meltdown after ransomware worm uses NSA vuln to raid IT

Jason Hindle

Re: Oh dear. XP

Indeed. Along with IE6 and ActiveX controls. As I've commented elsewhere, there are still cowboys getting away providing browser dependent applications....

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Jason Hindle

Oh dear. XP

So I Googled "Does the NHS still use Windows XP," and quickly found an El Reg atticle from last December. Sounds like the people who think we have too many experts have been ignoring expert advice, again.

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Microsoft touts next Windows 10 Creators Update: It's set for a Fall

Jason Hindle

Updated to it today....

Broke OneDrive....

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Hackers emit 9GB of stolen Macron 'emails' two days before French presidential election

Jason Hindle

The real problem?

Whoever is doing the interfering is doing so with apparent impunity. Someone (GCHQ? MI6? CIA?) needs to get a handle on this!

Edit: Oh, just had a look at some of the other comments. It seems El Reg is finally important enough to attract Putin-bots. How lovely!

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Windows 10 S forces Bing, Edge on your kids. If you don't like it, get Win10 Pro – Microsoft

Jason Hindle
WTF?

So I took a look at the App Store, from a technical/learning perspective.

It's crap. For those with an interest in artistic pursuits, there's no Creative Cloud (or anything close). Interested in learning software development? There's nothing. Microsoft's own tools aren't there. There's no virtualisation software*. If you're a student, you can activate Office and write an essay. That's about it. It'll work for those who could otherwise make do with a Chromebook (and can be an improvement, given it is less dependent a connection), but is badly hobbled by the quality of Microsoft's store.

* Which I'd advocate as the starting point for anyone learning software development - far better to break a VM than to break Windows.

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Don't click that Google Docs link! Gmail hijack mail spreads like wildfire

Jason Hindle

Happy to be one of the forty eight percent

Who don't fall for this shit.

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Microsoft sparks new war with Google with, er, $999+ lappies for kids

Jason Hindle

4Gb of RAM in a $999 laptop?

WTF?

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Scratch the Surface: Slabtop sales slump takes the shine off Microsoft's 2017 so far

Jason Hindle

Mine's the one with Chinese knock off written on it

Actually damned good for the money, at least for something to muck about with*. Reminds me of that car from Good Omens (the Wasab?).

* Core M Surface 4 look-a-like, newer processor, 8GB/256GB, half the price/twice the weight.

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Mondays suck. So why not spend yours playing with an original Mac and games in your browser

Jason Hindle

Re: GUIs exist for two purposes

1. Run up IDE of choice.

2. Run up multiple terminal windows.

Cross out 1 if your IDE is Vi.

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Oh snap! UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls June election

Jason Hindle

A win, win win, win election?

- May wins by a landslide and the country is no longer hostage to the Tory lunatic fringe: Win.

- While Corbyn is tested in the crucible of reality and found wanting: Win.

- Alternatively, a resurgent Liberal party blunts May (or even denies her an outright majority): Win.

- Alternatively, Labour extricates itself from its current, painful Yoga* position and actually achieves something: Win.

* Translated from the original Hindi, the technique translates, roughly, as the La La La I'm Not Listening posture, and involves the expert practitioner bending over backwards and inserting their head into their own bottom. The current Labour leadership are all experts at getting themselves into this position.

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'Tech troll' sues EFF to silence 'Stupid Patent of the Month' blog. Now the EFF sues back

Jason Hindle

MOABs....

"Throw some MOAB's on their effin HQs, problem solved"

I think just the one will be pretty emphatic :-/.

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WileyFox disentangles itself from Cyanogen

Jason Hindle

I hope they update the Storm

Had to do no end of hacking (engineering menus) just to get it to connect to a couple of data networks, in Africa, last year. These were situations where the Nexus and iPhone just worked. Reading around the issue, it looks Cyanogen related.

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WD unveils grown-up USB stick in My Passport slab form

Jason Hindle

Great place to stick various VMs

And the odd Lightroom catalogue.

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Mac Pro update: Apple promises another pricey thing it will no doubt abandon after a year

Jason Hindle

Is it too much to ask?

Just make a bloody PC that happens to run OSX (or whatever they're calling it this week). The current Mac Pro was actually reasonable(ish) value when it arrived, but given the direction Apple is going, I do wonder what the point is unless you're heavily dependent on Apple only applications.

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60 slow-mo A-bomb test videos explode onto YouTube

Jason Hindle

Stunning

Especially the second video embedded into the article. I watched Rogue One over Christmas, and thought the Death Star was the real star of the film. Somehow made more real, and menacing than in the original film. That second video more impressive than Disney's special effects!

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UK Home Office warns tech staff not to tweet negative Donald Trump posts

Jason Hindle

Sounds perfectly normal

As long as the guidance doesn't stretch to personal accounts (which should always come with the caveat "my views are my own").

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Royal Navy's newest ship formally named in Glasgow yard

Jason Hindle

Looks like the naval equivalent of a technical

One of those four by fours I see around Africa, from time to time, usually with a large gun mounted.

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I can DB clearly now the clouds are gone: Oracle 12c on-premises for Linux, SPARC

Jason Hindle

Re: Commenting just for the headline...

I'm sure the headline writer could make more money working for the Sun....

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Frustrated by reboot-happy Windows 10? Creators Update hopes to take away the pain

Jason Hindle

Yes, the Windows 10 updates are pretty awful

And it's even worse if you've not had the damned thing switched on for a while. I recently got back from a 12 week business trip, where there wasn't room in the hand luggage for the Surface. It took two days to get the damned thing right. It wouldn't even connect to my home WiFi, initially (fixed by manually configuring the IP settings). The Mac, OTOH (and I hate to write this*) just worked.

* Because everyone who owns a Mac knows they have problems of their own.

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Amazon's AWS S3 cloud storage evaporates: Top websites, Docker stung

Jason Hindle

As the T-Shirt Says

It's not a cloud! It's someone else's computer*.

* And it can break.

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Jason Hindle

Re: But....

"Isn't the selling point of all this cloudy stuff that it does not go down???????"

Not without multiple levels of geographic redundancy. It's hugely expensive for an event that might only happen once every few years. Those dumb pipes known as the carriers have it in spades*. The likes of Amazon and Google, no so much. I like carriers (from a technical perspective).

* Even for voice mail, and no one uses that.

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Post-Brexit five-year UK work visas planned – report

Jason Hindle

Re: Meanwhile...

Likewise, I don't buy the the idea that the country will fall apart without cheap Labour. As I see it, we have more than one type of Brexiter. Now this isn't exhaustive, but we do have:

- Tbe money: Will continue to benefit from all the cheap labour it wants.

- The poor and left behind: The newly minted cheap labour.

Then we have Reg readers who might not have voted leave, but will probably get bit richer from the IT fallout. This could be bigger than Y2K.

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All of Blighty's attack submarines are out of action – report

Jason Hindle

Britain lost the core competency

To make its own submarines*, and it mostly boils down to the governments of Blair and then Brown**.

* And aircraft carriers, nuclear reactors and actual aircraft. Compared to the French, it all looks a tad pathetic.

** And I wrote that at someone who never voted for/kissed a sodding Tory BTW.

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Why software engineers should ditch Silicon Valley for Austin

Jason Hindle

Haven't tried the Austin Tap water

But the water in Dallas is pretty dire (something to do with algae in the lakes). Safe to cook with, but I wouldn't even use it for tea or coffee.

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Conviction by computer is go, confirms UK Ministry of Justice

Jason Hindle

Re: Train fare evasion

"So what happens if you lose your ticket? Off to the court you go, you horrible criminal ticket-loser?"

My rough understanding.... The fine comes with a threat of criminal proceedings. Pay up, and it is treated as a private matter; you don't have to plead guilty to anything. Manchester Metrolink even offers a discount for swift payment of fine. I agree, it can be unreasonable, and the otherwise friendly inspectors operate on the principle that mercy is for the weak, but at least there's a clear enough line.

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Android Wear: The bloatware that turned into gloatware

Jason Hindle

Well I like my Motorola 360

And I'm sad to see Android Wear hasn't been some sort of success. I guess it will have to join MSX computers and Olympus DSLRs* among many other failed things I've bet on over the years.

* Just the DSLRs though - since they started with the whole mirrorless thing, they seem quite a safe bet these days.

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Brexploitation? Adobe gets creative with price hikes

Jason Hindle

I'm a victim of the price hike....

It's not too much, but I'm a little disappointed. I like Lightroom, so could conceivably move to a perpetual licence (assuming Adobe still offer this). I like Photoshop, but rarely do much with it. I could, I suppose, move to something else*. OTOH, it's just a couple of extra quid each month.... I'll continue to ponder.

* Polite warning to any El Reg nerd who recommends GIMP: I have a very particular set of skills....

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US and Russia engaged in legal tug of war over LinkedIn hack suspect

Jason Hindle

The Russian Stance is Understandable

The FSB will be wanting their asset back.

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Customer: BT admitted it had 'mis-sold' me fibre broadband

Jason Hindle

So is the customer being put on the correct price plan?

BT's ADSL2 product is cheaper than Infinity 2. I'm not normally litigious, but this might be a good enough reason to get all lawyerd up.

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Plastic fiver: 28 years' work, saves acres of cotton... may have killed less than ONE cow*

Jason Hindle

I normally try to be nice to the vegans

But even by vegan standards, I think the issue is more than a little overblown. The Unicorn vegan collective, in my neck of the woods, has even had to clarify that they absolutely will take the new five pound note. The really odd thing? They also have vegans in Australia, where they make all their notes the same way! Not so much of a fuss kicked up down under!

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Have some sympathy for the AT&T devil

Jason Hindle

A lot depends on how much of a game changer 5G might be

But in the long term perhaps some sort of paying for how you watch OTT services might come into play. This could be driven either by the OTT services themselves, or by the network. From the network end, I've seen this on visits to Africa already. Consider Zimbabwe:

- I can buy a prepaid SIM card on arrival at Harare Airport, load this with some money, and buy a data package (typically USD 30 for 1Gb for one month - data is generally expensive in Africa).

- This is all well and good, but what cash strapped locals do is buy a smaller allowance, and then buy packages of unlimited services they want (typically unlimited WhatsApp, which is big in Africal, but also Facebook, Twitter).

In the longer term, I can see this trend happening with OTT services. Of course, if 5G radio brings us sufficiently close to wired, we might also see networks deciding they don't have to invest in a lot of expensive equipment for data metering, content billing and so on. I think the latter possibility is rather unlikely.

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Three certainties in life: Death, taxes and the speed of light – wait no, maybe not that last one

Jason Hindle

I'm starting to think that...

A lot of physicists, who never got invited to those sorts of parties, read El Reg.

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Why I just bought a MacBook Air instead of the new Pro

Jason Hindle

Happy I upgraded a generation early

The latest MacBook pro didn't leave me at all disappointed with the decision. That said, my 2011 MacBook Air still runs fine, so the inability to upgrade the hardware has only been a minor problem for me. Come to think of it, the only reason I upgraded at all is really the retina display, for editing photos on the move, and extra memory (and oomph) when running more than one VM.

I honestly don't see any good choices when buying a new laptop at the moment. Windows 10 is still not, IMHO, a finished product. Apple has definitely lost its shine. Linux*, meanwhile, is not good for photo editing**.

* Did consider a workstation class laptop, running some flavour of Linux, for portable geekery.

** No, I'm not learning the atrocious bloody GIMP!

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LinkedIn officially KickedOut of Russia

Jason Hindle

It's a sad day...

Presumably some of Russia's best engineering talent is on Linkedin?

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Google's neural network learns to translate languages it hasn't been trained on

Jason Hindle

So when it becomes self aware

It seems unlikely it will lead to Judgement Day, but it may well develop the personality of a snooty Parisian waiter who responds to all your attempts, at speaking French, in English.

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New UK National silicone database will help avoid boobs

Jason Hindle

So will this database be managed by BAAPS?

(British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons)

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Marmite's not the only national treasure hit by Brexit. Will someone think of the PCs?

Jason Hindle

Upgraded my MacBook Pro a generation early

To hedge against price rises. To be fair to the price rises, they've not happened as quickly as I thought they would, which, worryingly, is probably a good indication I have the economic literacy of an average Brexitard....

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